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In a grand Arlberg mountain setting, rests the charming alpine hamlet of Lech. Until the end of the 19th Century Lech spent the winters cut off from the outside world, and the traditional village look remains - indeed most of the best places to stay in Lech are very alpine traditional on the outside, though some have had fairly modern makeovers inside. Pretty and popular, Lech is the kind of place you're likely to see Bentleys with snow chains.

Lech's traditional look is complemented by the old chalet style of many of the hotels - and the fact that the streets do get quite snowy. The sunny position is another draw, and from the top of the slopes there are some breathtaking views. So this is a great place to come for photography enthusiasts.

There are good ski schools and plenty of sunshine. And the snow record is excellent, one of the best in Austria. Between them, Lech, and its twin resort Zurs, have something to suit every kind of skier. Zurs has the nursery slopes, but Lech has a good assortment of gentler pistes, and there's plenty of pistes to challenge intermediate skiers, and off-piste options for the more adventurous.

Best places to stay in Lech

Central Lech

  • For a wonderful, traditional alpine experience, you can't go past the Hotel Arlberg. It's a five star luxury chalet right in the centre of town, and one of the best places to stay in Lech if you're looking for a ski-in ski-out location with fur throws, wood panelling, open fires and antlers. If you're picky about your tipple it will also tick all the boxes - they have a wine list with around a thousand choices.
  • The Hotel Monzabon is a good option if any of your party is learning to ski: it's right in the centre of town, beside the ski school, cable car and ski lifts. This is a traditional mountain hotel, so there's plenty of bare wood and roaring fires. There are family sized apartments, which have a self catering option, but if you get hungry on the slopes opt for their half board, which includes five course suppers.

Lech with a Family

  • The Hotel Sandhof is a traditional family run chalet with rooms, suites and apartments, and cosy public areas. Add to this the location, close to the pistes in the centre of town, and you have one of the best places to stay in Lech for families. This is another appetite friendly hotel, with a good restaurant serving five course menus.
  • The Hotel Stulzis is great for families on a budget. Its's got three stars worth of exposed wood and whitewashed decor, and it's centrally located, just three minutes from the lifts and the centre of town. As well as a choice of rooms they have one apartment, which sleeps four.

Lech on a Budget

While it's got a reputation for attracting wealthy skiers, there are still affordable options in Lech. The bus between Lech and Zurs is free and there are also free buses to the St. Anton and Alpe Rauz areas.

  • With rooms starting from £126 per night, the Hotel Staefeli is one of the best places to stay in Lech if you're watching your wallet. You're saving money on the location - which is just outside town - not the accommodation, which is four star. The decor is comfortable and elegant, and there's a wellness centre. There's also a kid's play room and an apartment which sleeps up to seven.

Luxury Lech

This was the favourite ski resort of Diana, Princess of Wales. And some of the seats in the cable car are heated.

  • If you want to be pampered, Kristiania Lech, with its bath butlers, book butlers and ski valets is one of the best places to stay in Lech. You're right in the centre of town, and just five minutes from the slopes, yet the views from the terrace, are gorgeous and unsullied. Each of the 29 rooms has its own decor and personality, there's a fine dining restaurant specialising in Austria food, and they're also prepared to welcome your pets.
  • The Almhof Schneider has a charming blend of contemporary luxury and traditional alpine chic, making it ideal if you're looking for a super high end skiing holiday. There's an excellent restaurant, wonderful oil paintings, a vast wine cellar and a very good spa. And room rates also include access to the spa and half board, so, while it's expensive, this is probably one of the best places to stay in Lech for foodies.

Lech out of season

Because of the excellent snowfall - the average is around 8 metres - plus good grooming and snowmaking facilities, Lech's ski season often lasts into April. But out of season this area makes for a spectacular backdrop for hiking.

  • If you're looking for somewhere perfect in every season, one of the best places to stay in Lech is its traditional treasure, the Gasthof Post. It's been owned by the same family for the past 75 years, so they can advise on all the most scenic hikes. The outdoor pool is heated, so you can use it all year round, and it's filled with lovely wooden panelling, painted furniture and antiques.

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  • Hotel Staefeli


    A great Four Star hotel just outside Lech. Contemporary elegant rooms, suites and apartments with all the modern gadgetry and private balconies. Excellent wellness centre and restaurant. A very comfortable choice for all skiers.

    14 rooms from $168
    Active Holiday
  • Hotel Stulzis


    An excellent three star option for families or groups of friends on more of a budget. Traditional and charming with all the facilities necessary for a ski holiday. Wooden and white rooms and one apartment, lovely restaurant, and spa. Friendly and family-run.

    16 rooms from $253
    Skiing  -  3 minutes from the lifts and village centre, right beside the Madloch ski slope.
    Hills & mountains
    Active Holiday
    Value chic
  • Der Berghof


    This family friendly chalet, with direct access to the slopes, is great for all ages. Spacious rooms are decorated in a country style with alpine accents and private balconies. A hearty, continental breakfast is served and dinner is available. There is a heated pool and spa to rest weary ski legs.

    57 rooms from $258
    Skiing  -  Located at the end of 'The White Ring' Lech has runs for all abilities.
    Great walks  -  In the summer months, as the snow melts away, Lech is a hiker's paradise.
    Kayaking  -  On lake Rufikopf makes for an energetic day out.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Gasthof Post


    Traditional family run luxury hotel with plenty of wooden panelling, hunting trophies and antiques. Brand new "Badehaus" spa with outdoor heated panoramic pool & wide range of treatments, plus Michelin starred dining in the Post Stuben.

    37 rooms from $280
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated Outdoor Pool with Views and Indoor Pool
    Great walks  -  Both winter and summer hiking from the door.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
  • Hotel Sandhof


    Traditional family-run chalet with rooms, suites and apartments. Cosy living areas with fireplaces, excellent restaurant serving 5 course menus, and spa. Rooms all in wood with big comfy beds. A great choice for families, groups, or couples on a skiing trip.

    30 rooms from $280
    Skiing  -  Very close to the pistes in the centre of the village
    Hills & mountains
    Active Holiday
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Hotel Monzabon


    A traditional hotel with its own ice rink, excellent restaurant, and extensive spa. Bedrooms and apartments (sleep 4) all in wood with big comfy beds, private balconies and authentic elements. A great choice for families and groups.

    29 rooms from $303
    Skiing  -  Located right next to the ski school meeting point, cable car and ski lifts.
    Hills & mountains
    Active Holiday
  • Hotel & Gasthof Rotewand


    Winter or summer Gasthof Rotewand in the chocolate box hamlet of Zug just outside Lech is an idyllic place to stay. Exteriors are traditional & rooms contemporary. Activities for all the family: skiing, cross country, sleigh rides and walking. Warm Austrian hospitality, good food, pool and spa

    from $399
    Restaurant  -  Contemporary hotel restaurant plus a cosy and traditional A La Carte restaurant with speciality five course gourmet menu
    Families  -  Family orientated plenty of activites from tobogganing, sleigh ridges, nature walks and snowboarding
    Skiing  -  Ski in ski out - right next door to the Zugerberg chairlift.
    Great walks  -  Stunning situation in the mountains with superb walking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Kristiania Lech


    Understated luxury in a "Heidi meets Calvin Klein" sort of way. Great location in the heart of Lech, just minutes from the slopes. Extra touches include ski valets and bath butlers. Excellent Austrian cuisine accompanied by a vast wine cellar.

    29 rooms from $477
    Skiing  -  Just five minutes from the slopes of Lech
    Views  -  Wonderful views over Lech and the Alps
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Hotel Arlberg


    Five Star chalet luxury in central Lech. Seamless tradition with authentic Alpine motifs - antlers, bear skins, fireplaces, wooden beamed ceilings. Contemporary bedrooms and suites with private balconies, fur throws, leather armchairs and paintings. Excellent restaurant and spa. Mountain luxury.

    52 rooms from $525
    Skiing  -  Ski in, ski out location
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Hills & mountains
    Active Holiday
  • Almhof Schneider


    A luxury chalet in central Lech at the foot of the slopes. Designer chic bedrooms and suites retain traditional elements - antler lamps, faux fireplaces, oil paintings. Fantastic restaurant and wine cellar, excellent spa, and access to all the best sports facilities. A high-end skiing holiday.

    53 rooms from $695
    Skiing  -  Ski in, ski out location
    Hills & mountains
    Active Holiday
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